Removing unused wax from a candle can be a daunting task, a journey that sometimes seems messy and completely pointless! But if you find a way that works for you, cleaning a used candle can become an easy job with many potential uses. This foolproof guide will show you four ways to remove wax from your candle with no hassle. I must remind you to be incredibly careful when handling hot water, hot wax and hot surfaces. Although candles are heatproof, always read the manufactures label before use!
1. The Freezer Method
One of the most favoured methods is the freezer method. If you have a little bit of wax left over at the bottom of your jar, this method is for you. Stick your jar in the freezer for four to five hours or overnight, and in the morning wax should come straight out. When wax gets cold, it hardens and shrinks, making it easier to remove, or pry from the jar. If it’s a little tricky, use a knife or spoon to wiggle the wax free.
2. The Hot Water Method
If your wax is more stubborn (or you don’t want to wait over night) the hot water method is better for you. However it still takes patience and care to make sure this method is done properly. Boil the kettle. Pour the water directly into your jar and watch as the wax floats to the top. Wait for the water to cool, drain and remove the wax. The first time you use this method, it may feel a little messy. With practice this method can be a great way to clean your candle and re-use both your jar and wax!
3. The Warm Water Method
Very similar to the Hot Water Method, but less risky, the warm water method is a great way to get little bits of left over wax gone. Especially if you have a candle that is a weird shape or has a thinner neck. Place your candle in a heat proof bowl or container, make sure to put a tea towel or trivet down to avoid damaging your surfaces! Pour boiling or warm water around the jar, letting it sit until the wax has softened enough to be popped or scraped out. Give it a wash with soap and you’re good to go!
4. The Oven Method
The oven method works best if you’ve got a few old candles you need cleaning. To begin, re-heat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a rimmed baking tray with either parchment or foil, make sure it’s secure as you don’t want the wax to leak. Place your candles upside down on the tray and move it to the oven. Set a timer for around 15 minutes, that’s when the wax should pool to the bottom. Take your candles off the tray with oven mitts, letting them cool before washing them with soap and water. Once the wax has cooled and dried, it is good for re-use or to be disposed of.
Now that you’ve emptied your jar of wax and cleaned it up, there are many things you can do to upcycle your jar into something beautiful! See this previous blog post on upcycling your jars into something special…